Shedding Light on Etna

Across all generations of the family we are hosting in Sicily, Etna was a hit! We spent much of today learning about the volcano which included exploration of a lava cave from the 1792 eruption, pictured here. (We learned, among other things, that there are 197 known lava caves in the Etna territory.)  Our always…

Spewing For A Millennia 

Etna has been spewing lava and ash for millennia. Last week, I was so excited to see it do so in person. Thankfully, the ongoing eruption is somewhat staid and very different than the historic events following March 8, 1669, when the citizens of Catania thought they could challenge Etna. Unfortunately, they were wrong.  Over…

A Convenient Souvenir

When I (conveniently) forgot to wear earrings one day in June while in Ortigia, I saw these in a jewelry store window. I walked in and asked to see them. The salesman began his pitch to sell them to me, which I thought was hilarious because I knew exactly what they were… “Hand painted ceramic…

Warm Earth

Sicily boasts Europe’s largest and most active volcano, Mount Etna. When you visit the island of the sun, you can take a guided excursion to visit the craters, feel the warm earth with your hand, and taste the wine made from grapes that have grown in the rich soil left by in the volcano’s lava….

Etna: She Needs to Vent

Mount Etna’s craters (there are sometimes as many as 20 vents) are always changing because the volcano is always erupting. Mongibello, as it is called by the locals, is 11,000 feet high. When visiting, the air may be chilling because of its elevation; however, you’ll feel heat when you put your hand on the black…